Lee Pham is a corporate strategist at the intersection of technology, law and finance. He is currently Director of Global Intellectual Property Strategy at American Express, responsible for leveraging patent assets to drive growth, avoid disruptive litigation and maximize returns on the company's investments in innovation. Lee's role at American Express involves oversight of IP investments, strategic patent transactions and corporate integration of IP.
The Global Intellectual Property Strategy Group is a part of the General Counsel's Office at American Express. In his role, Lee secures sponsorship and financing for intellectual property-based initiatives by championing IP among senior leaders of technology intensive businesses and at the C-Level. By aligning with these key stakeholders, Lee collaboratively identifies disruptive capabilities, strategically monetizes IP assets, manages defensive IP investments and ensures freedom of operation for the company.
Lee is an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He has represented AIPLA's Far East Practice Committee on international delegations to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Lee was also a Young Lawyer Fellow in the New York State Bar Association's IP Law Section, where he developed a social media strategy for the section. At American Express, Lee championed the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative within the Global Finance organization.
Lee is a graduate of the Cardozo School of Law in New York City. While pursuing a J.D. with a concentration in intellectual property, Lee worked as a legal intern at American Express. Lee was also an International Legal Practice Intern at a Vietnamese law firm, sponsored by the Center for International Legal Studies and supported by Cardozo's International Corporate & Intellectual Property Fellowship. During the same period, he participated in two overseas seminars: Introduction to Law in India and Comparative Corporate Governance at Oxford University. Lee's J.D. thesis addressed the intersection of patent policy and access to medicine in developing countries. Lee also holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University and a Certificate in Financial Analysis from New York University.
Lee's civic and community engagements have included voter protection, fundraising on behalf of charities and volunteering with the Patent Pro Bono Program offered by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Additionally, he served as Treasurer on the National Executive Board for the National Society of Black Engineers. Lee is also a brother of Kappa Alpha Psi.
Lee tweets about innovation, investment, strategy and other interests at @InventiveLee.